Ambode Woos Commonwealth Investors To Lagos

Ambode Woos Commonwealth Investors To Lagos

…Attends Business Forum In Malta

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday stepped up his government’s campaign for direct foreign investment in Lagos, where he seized the opportunity at the just concluded Common Wealth Business Forum in Malta, to invite investors to advantage of the numerous investment opportunities that abound in the state.

The Commonwealth Business Forum in Malta, which held from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 November, attracted over 1,200 business leaders from 80 countries.

Lagos was the toast of many investors as the Special Session hosted by the State Government had prospective investors from several countries in attendance.

Governor Ambode, who was accompanied to the forum by a strong contingent consisting Commissioners and a Special Adviser from the State Executive Council, intimated investors to various investment opportunities in Lagos State.

“The strong team I have here with me is a statement of our commitment to facilitating business in Lagos for investors. With the establishment of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, the government will eliminate whatever bottle-necks that may want to frustrate investors. This Office is a one-stop shop that will handle all your needs and ensure that there are no obstacles hindering investors who come to our State,” the Governor said.

Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, who anchored the Lagos State-sponsored session, said he was very impressed with the interest shown in Lagos. He said that this was a strong indication that Lagos is not just an investment destination but an emerging economic hub.

There were strong representations from the Kingdom of Nepal, Kuwait, Malaysia and Malta.

Lord Jonathan Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, particularly commended the Lagos team for its role and contribution to the forum.

Earlier, Governor Ambode who delivered a keynote address at the Plenary Session of the Forum titled, “The Commonwealth, the EU, and the Global Economic Cooperation: A One Way Ticket”, charged all nations on global economic cooperation stating that “whether you are in the EU, in the Commonwealth or whatever other organization out there, the only true common wealth we all have is to ensure a healthy financial and economic global order through economic cooperation.”

The Governor also fielded questions as part of a panel to discuss cooperation and other economic challenges within the Commonwealth.

Those in the Governor’s entourage include the Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Professor Ademola Abass; Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Dayo Mobereola; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiyu Johnson, among others.

Lagos Doctors Hail Ambode For Resolving Issues In Health Sector

Lagos Doctors Hail Ambode For Resolving Issues In Health Sector

…Gov Urges Medical Practitioners To Uphold Oath In Discharging Duties

Doctors in Lagos on Wednesday hailed the efforts of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his efforts towards resolving the outstanding issues relating to welfare of doctors as well as improving the healthcare delivery in the state.

Speaking at the General Meeting/Scientific Conference & Continuing Medical Education of the Medical Guild in Lagos, Chairman of the Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo acknowledged the effort of the Governor towards improving on the health sector in the state since he assumed office.

“We had met with Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode during the run up to the governorship election and informed him about the issues we have and he made a promise to resolve the issues if he was elected”.

“We make no apologies with a designation of our Governor as the song we have been waiting for to come and change a heart of stone. Governor Ambode has directed that all the key issues be resolved; the suspension of intake of new residents into the Residency Training Program LASUTH has been lifted and admission of the new resident have commenced; the appointment of doctors as contract workers has been stopped”, Kufo said.

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He also disclosed that Governor Ambode had directed that medical doctors currently on contracts should be converted to permanent staff and the salaries during the three months of industrial action be paid.

“I am delighted to inform the house that having delivered on all the promises, we are grateful to Governor Ambode not only for fulfilling his promise to us but has also rekindled the faith of our membership in the political leadership in Lagos State, we have also commenced discussions with government over implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS)”, he said.

On his part, Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Tope Ojo,   commended the governor for his various discussions with the medical personnel especially over implementation of the corrected CONMESS salary scale.

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In his keynote address, Governor Ambode, urged medical professionals to continuously uphold the Hippocratic Oath in the discharge of their duties, just as he assured them of his administration’s commitment to their concerns.

He also assured that the state government under his watch will be open to suggestions for efficient health care delivery systems in the state.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Femi Onanuga, said his administration has committed public funds to uplift medical infrastructure so as ensure that first class healthcare service is delivered to the people of the state.

He said his administration has also embarked on recruitment of medical personnel in order to improve the synergy between personnel and infrastructure in the health sector, adding that he believed the conference is a platform to generate ideas towards addressing issues in the sector.

Lagos Rehabilitates 282 Roads in Six Months

Lagos Rehabilitates 282 Roads in Six Months

…Earmarks 189 Roads For Next Phase

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said that over 282 roads have been rehabilitated in the last six months, just as it assured residents that the ongoing construction across the metropolis will be completed in due course.

General Manager of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde gave the assurance on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the work done so far said that the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s desire is to see that the roads across the state are motorable.

“We have done 282 roads since June 2015 till date. We have listed another 189 roads and anytime from now we would start. We would work every day and night to ensure we make life more comfortable for residents in the state”, he said.

He listed some of the roads completed and fully rehabilitated to include Metal Box Road, Acme Road inward Akilo, Ejigbo-Ikotun road among others while extensive fixing of potholes were also carried out on other roads. He also listed some roads such as Alfa Nla/Capitol road in Agege, Brown Street in Oshodi, Okota road in Isolo as some of the roads under construction.

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“Metal Box Road and Acme Road are special projects, they are not routine projects that we do. The routine projects are like 280. If I start to mention all of them, it would take a lot of time.  We are doing the second asphalting on Ejigbo, the place is quite motorable now. We had finished that Ikotun Ijegun. Why I said it is 85 percent completed is because of the drainage system”.

Sodeinde said the rehabilitation of these roads has to a large extent reduced the traffic congestion in the last three weeks, saying that the Public Works gangs are on the road day and night to give the roads a facelift.

“The Governor is not sitting down, he wants all the roads in Lagos to be motorable. He wants the hard life that Lagosians are going through to be alleviated. He cannot stand Lagosians going through hardship and most of these roads”.

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“People are testifying now that the traffic is moving. You know when the roads are good, it means economic growth, people will be able to move from one part of the state to another, transport their goods without stress, you will notice that even the hoodlums and pickpockets, they operate when there is gridlock, as far as gridlock that is being caused by potholes are concerned, we are on our feet to ensure that we put the road in order to reduce the traffic.

He assured that by the end of December, the LSPWC would have rehabilitated more roads across the state.

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He said the ongoing rehabilitation works have also seen the repair of 117 federal government roads in the state, adding that if funds are available, more roads will be fixed.

Also speaking, Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said in continuation of the government’s effort to fix the roads, the Governor approved the award of 114 roads, two from each of the 57 local governments across the state.

He also assured Lagosians that the process or road rehabilitation and reconstruction is continuous and more roads will be rehabilitated in the next quarter.

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“All these roads which would be done by the local government will come with standard drainage system, walk ways and street lights. The state government had nothing to do with choosing the contractors, the local governments have been mandated to do that and this will create jobs within each local government”, Ayorinde said.

Lagos State Public Works Corporation: Brief Report of Work Schedule Between Monday November 16th – Friday November 20th, 2015

Lagos State Public Works Corporation: Brief Report of Work Schedule Between Monday November 16th – Friday November 20th, 2015

Lagos State Public Works Corporation this week carried out Maintenance/Palliative on some of the roads in the following Local Government Areas.

1. ALIMOSHO LG

a. Aina Obembe rd, Oluwaga Area, Ipaja

b. Baruwa Street, Ipaja

c. Raji Rasaki Street/Ige Street, Aboru, Alimosho

d. Ige Street Abori, Alimosho

IKOTUN EJIGBO ROAD ALIMOSHO LG

2. OSHODI-ISOLO LG

(a) Salamotu/Taiwo/Godwin Omonua Road Network, Ilasa in Oshodi-Isolo

(b) Apapa-oshodi Exp, Aswani inward Mile 2, Oshodi-Isolo

(c) Okota road (Ibeh Junction to Akiti Junction) Oshodi-Isolo LG

3. IKEJA LG

(a) Mobolaji Johnson Ave/Billings way, Alausa way, Alausa, Ikeja

(b) CIPM Ave, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja

(c) Billings way/Household of God, Alausa, Ikeja

 

MILLING OF ROAD AT CIPM AVENUE, CBD, ALAUSA IKEJA LG

 

REPLACEMENT OF MAN-HOLE COVER AT MARYLAND IKEJA LG ACME ROAD INWARD AKILO, OGBA

4. SOMOLU LG

(a) Market Street, Somolu

5. KOSOFE LG

(a) Ibadan Express, Tollgate-Isheri, Kosofe

(b) Agidi Street, Ketu, Kosofe

6. IKORODU LG

(a) Itoikin road, Caleb Axis inward Sabo, Ikorodu

(b) Alhaji Alagago/Eluku/Ireshe road, Ikorodu

(c) Oba Sekumade road, Igbogbo, Ikorodu

(d) Sabo-Ikorodu round-about inward Ikorodu Garage, Ikorodu

7. AGEGE LG

(a) Oko Oba road, Agege

(b) Oba Ogunji rd, Pen Cinema inward & outward Mobil, Agege

(c) Ogba road (Pen-Cinema-Pero inward Mobil) Agege

8. OJO LG

(a) Akoberu road, Ojo

(b) Old Ojo road, ile-Epo Axis

 

OLD OJO ROAD ILE EPO AXIS OJO LG

 

9. EPE LG

(a) Epe-Ijebu Ode road, Odomola-Noforija Axis, Epe

(b) Epe-Ijebu Ode road, Odoragunshi-Mojoda Axis, Epe

10. IFAKO IJAYE LG

(a) Old Abeokuta rd, Agege inward & outward Abule Egba, Ifako Ijaye

(b) Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Adura-Toll gate Axis Ifako Ijaye

(c) Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road, Ifako Ijaye

(d) Old Abeokuta rd, Agege inward & outward Abule Egba, Ifako-Ijaye

11.  AMUWO ODOFIN LG

(a)Old Ojo road, Ile-Epo Axis, Amuwo Odofin

12. ETI-OSA LG

(a) 2nd Avenue, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa

(b) Queen’s Drive, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa

(c) Akinogun Street, Lekki Alternative Route, V-Island, Eti-Osa

13. LAGOS MAINLAND LG

(a) Makoko road, Yaba, Lagos Mainland

14. IFELODUN LG

(a) Mba-Cardoso road, Ajeromi Ifelodun

15. APAPA LG

(a) Liverpool Road, Apapa

16. LAGOS ISLAND LG

(a) Molony Road/Igbosere road, Lagos Island

17. MUSHIN LG

(a) Coker Street/Oyewole Street/Ilupeju bye pass, Ilupeju Mushin LG

To date about 284 roads have so far been touched in Lagos State since the inception of Akinwunmi Ambode Administration’s through the intervention of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

 

Keynote Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Annual Seminar Held on Thursday, 19th November at The Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos

Keynote Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Annual Seminar Held on Thursday, 19th November at The Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos

Building Bridges: The Nigerian Experience

I am very feel truly elated to be here today, amongst my fellow Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbrighters!

When I got the invitation to deliver the keynote speech at this event, I had no hesitation whatsoever in accepting. I knew it would be an opportunity for me to catch up with some of my old friends who have been busy in their different locations across the country making that difference we were taught during the programme. Furthermore, I looked forward to participating in the activities of the Fulbright Fellows Alumni Association. Due to my present job, I have not been as active as I would love to. I also consider this a wonderful platform to share with the wider audience my Fulbright experience and how I hope we all can use our individual and collective experiences as Humphrey Fellows to make a difference and build bridges.

I thank my colleagues in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Alumni Association Nigeria, for the honour in inviting me to be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. I also thank the Public Affairs section of the US Embassy for keeping in touch with the Association and assisting it to remain focussed and result-oriented.

It is my great pleasure and honour to welcome everyone, to the activities of the 2015 Humphrey Week taking place in our beloved State, Lagos. I know that every Humphrey Fellow in this hall today, and those who could not make it to this august event, must be proud to see that our Association is growing stronger and that her members are indeed helping to make the difference all over the country. I feel very proud to be counted as an alumnus of this international exchange programme

This year marks the 75th anniversary of educational exchanges between the United States of America and the rest of the world. I am glad that the HHH Alumni Association Nigeria is a part of the celebrations. Since yesterday, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows have been involved in a series of activities not only as part of our usual Humphrey Week, but also in commemoration of this great milestone.

I want to acknowledge the diligent efforts of some of our members who have continued to give their time and resources towards keeping the activities of this Association alive. While I acknowledge their contributions, I must observe that in life, it takes just a few committed individuals to make a difference in any endeavour. As Margaret Mead, the great American scientist said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed,’.

There is no doubt that being a Fulbrighter is a worthy achievement for anyone who is privileged to be so selected. Think of the stringent process prospective recipients go through before they are chosen and in the end, only a select few go on to experience the programme. As an exchange programme, it offers a recipient the opportunity to live in an academic environment the United States of America for a specified period of time, during which one is engaged in a series of activities that include academics, workshops, internships and travels. The essence of the programme is to develop the individual, give him or her wider perspective on life and career and thus help unleash the leadership potential within. Recipients are then sent back to their respective countries and the real sector where they settle in to make a difference in their chosen careers. In a simple expression, they are sent out to be bridge builders in their communities and the larger society.

In building bridges, Fellows invest social capital and use their leadership qualities to push for positive change. The HHH Fellows are found in all spheres of life and across the globe. One consistent attribute of the typical HHH Fellow is that he or she is a role model and a purveyor of that change society deserves and which it so dearly craves.

I look back with nostalgia on my own days at Boston University as a Humphrey Fellow. The Programme gave me the opportunity to widen my horizon, not just professionally but in a 360 degree manner. I had great academic experience and I was taught by some of the great minds in America. The Programme also gave me the opportunity to work with great public finance professionals in the state of Massachusetts and thus deepen my understanding and practice of public finance. I travelled round the great country of United States of America and my eyes were opened to the results of human endeavour when people are committed to making a change in their lives and in the societies they live.

For me one of the major takeaways from my exchange programme is the undying belief in the ability of the human being to make a difference and to succeed, regardless of what challenges one encounters. I learnt to dispense with the word ‘problem’ and to replace it with ‘challenge’. This was very useful to me during the election campaigns. In this world, there will always be challenges and it is the individual who perseveres that triumphs.

I used my time during the Exchange Programme to make great friends from all parts of the world. I came back to Nigeria reenergised and with a greater sense of resolve to improve my immediate and larger societies.

You will agree with me that in the past decade, the Nigerian society has been facing increasing challenges. Beginning with insurgency in the Niger Delta, kidnapping and the vandalising of petroleum facilities, the country faced the global economic and financial crises of 2008/9. The stock market collapsed and global financial turbulence has remained an enduring phenomenon. Even though the Nigerian economy has been experiencing slow recovery ever since, the onslaught of the insurgency in the North East of the country and the dramatic drop in the price of crude oil, our dominant foreign exchange earner, have led to very challenging times. We have witnessed the significant shrinking of the middle class and a disturbing widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. Social ills are on the rise and in various parts of the country

In the midst of these, Lagos state has managed to remain among the most attractive locations for those who want to realise and live their Nigerian dream. We have managed to sustain the momentum of growth of the state economy in spite of the increasing population and the need to provide utilities. This is taking place even in the face of inadequate and decaying infrastructure.

Pause a while and think of the challenges that we face in Lagos State. We are the fastest growing city in the world and easily the biggest in Africa and still growing. The Lagos State has since 1999 worked tirelessly to midwife Lagos along the path of a modernising megacity.

Under my government, we have focussed on doing even more. We are determined to make Lagos globally competitive; the model megacity that will be the destination of choice for all. While we continue to improve our infrastructure, there is the equally formidable challenge of building the social bridges that will make for harmonious and mutually rewarding society.

As a megacity, Lagos is home to a diverse range of peoples and cultures. Diversity of this dimension presents both very huge potential risks and rewards. This mix of history, biology and culture into a relatively small space and time, presents enormous challenges that could boil over if we do not take deliberate and concerted actions to address them. However, seeing the opportunities inherent in the challenges is where the Hubert Humphrey Fellow can make a difference.

This is where the skill of bridge building, as espoused in the HHH programme comes in handy. Each HHH Alumni must step out and be part of addressing this challenge. It is what is required to build the Lagos or any society that we will be proud to hand over to our children.

As both leaders and followers, we must resolve to be part of the bridge building process. Just yesterday, some of our members participated in outreach programmes to school children in Lagos state. Visitations have been arranged in the past in support of the less privileged and there are occasional talk shops to address matters of topical interest. I also know that the HHH members are very much law-abiding and pay their taxes as and when due. Those are critical elements in the bridge building project.

I want to conclude by urging all Humphrey Fellows, and indeed all those who are in this gathering today, to continue be active in building social bridges. Let no one think that the little efforts at bridge building do not count. It is indeed those few steps that really do count. Let us start now and do not wait for the larger opportunity before you commence.

I would like to draw the attention of all of us to a Zig Ziglar quote which says, ‘You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great’. Let us all start now and we can then become great bridge builders.

Thank you.